D7534, 7534, 25184
D7534, 7534, 25184


Photograph collection of Ian Hammond.
Longsight allocated 25184 at its home depot on July 10th 1978, this machine was always allocated to LMR depots. Five more years of service remain for 25184.

Almost eighteen years of service for D7534/25184 saw it allocated to London Midland depots the length & breadth of the Division.

Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
Dual brake equipped (1977).
Time between last Classified repair and withdrawal: 77 months.

Allocations

D7534 was new to the Nottingham Division (D16) on March 6th 1965. Further transfers were:

July 1969 to the London Division (Western Lines) (D01).
December 1971 to the Birmingham Division (D02)
May 1973 to Bescot.
July 1973 to Willesden.
November 1974 to Kingmoor (KM).
January 1975 to Kingmoor (KD).
February 1975 to Bescot.
May 1975 to Willesden.
June 1975 to Cricklewood.
January 1976 to Longsight.
October 1976 to Crewe.
March 1978 to Longsight.
January 1980 to Bescot.
October 1981 to Longsight.
April 1982 - May 1982 unserviceable store at Derby Works.
May 1982 reinstated to Longsight.
Withdrawn August 28th 1983.

Renumbered July 13th 1974.

25184 was the 192nd Class 25 withdrawn, one of six retired during August 1983.

After withdrawal 25184 was moved to Swindon Works on September 21st 1983 and was broken up by the first week of 1984.

Works Visits

Works visits (records incomplete).

Noted Derby Works March 1966.
Noted Derby Works September & November 1968.
Noted Derby Works February 1972.
Noted Derby Works March 1977 (classified & full repaint, dual brake equipment fitted).
Noted Derby Works April & May 1982, initially stored unserviceable followed by N1 repairs.

Highlights

1969
Condition August: two-tone green livery with full yellow cabfronts, no blanking plates, hand/footholds present, ridge sided sandboxes, three rung bogie mounted footsteps, 'D' prefixes present, buffer beam steam pipe connections present.

1971
Condition April: two-tone green livery with full yellow cabfronts, no blanking plates, hand/footholds plated over, ridge sided sandboxes, three rung bogie mounted footsteps, 'D' prefixes present, buffer beam steam pipe connections present, engine exhaust located above engine room.

1973
The first recorded passenger working for 7534/25184 occurred on the Cambrian line at a time when the Class 24s were still in command of most locomotive hauled workings to Aberystwyth. On May 26th 1973 a Paddington - Aberystwyth day excursion was worked forward from Wolverhampton (?) to Aberystwyth and back with 7534 & 7623.

1976
From 1976 to 1980, whilst allocated either to Longsight or Crewe, 25184 featured on many of the summer dated services. These included the Derby - Norwich - Yarmouth - Norwich - Walsall diagram on September 11th 1976 with 25135.

1977
During 1977 Skegness was a popular destination, 25184 & 25218 were together between June 5th & June 9th, working a round trip from Leicester on June 5th and from Derby on June 7th/8th/9th from Derby. Just over a week later 25184 managed a Crewe - Cardiff round trip on June 18th.

On August 28th 25184 & 25131 worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Barmouth and the 17.30 return.

On September 3rd 25184 was noted at Chester assisting an unidentified passenger service following the failure of a diesel multiple unit.

1978
1978 saw 25184 having a couple of adventures. On May 29th 25184 & 25196 worked the 09.29 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town and 17.20 return.

On or about June 12th 25184 was operating on local trips out of Guide Bridge, on 13th it became derailed at at Godley Sidings. On June 17th 25184 had somehow reached Exeter and ended up working two Exeter St. Davids - Barnstaple roundtrips.

25305 & 25184 were stabled at Nuneaton on the weekend of July 29th.

Two months later on August 19th 25184 & 25289 worked the Walsall - Norwich (for Yarmouth) - Derby diagram. The next day (20th) the same pair went out on a Derby - Skegness round trip. On August 22nd 25184 was by itself working the 15.32 Manchester Victoria - Bangor and 19.30 return.

On September 7th 25184 handled two round trips between Manchester Victoria & Bangor, a total of 400 miles.

25184 was noted eastbound through Chinley with empty stone (Tilcon?) hoppers on November 11th.

1979
On a snowy January 4th 25184 worked the Shrewsbury - Manchester Mayfield vans.

The maintenance dispute in late March/early April brought many strangers into South Wales including a number of Class 25s including 25184 & 25194 on April 12th as a light engine movement west of Cardiff.

1979 was a quieter year, on July 20th worked a Manchester Victoria - Holyhead Manchester, whilst five days later (25th) 25184 worked the 11.09 Manchester Victoria - Holyhead and the return 15.03 Holyhead - Manchester Victoria.

1980
25184 was stabled at Bristol Bath Road on January 9th.

During 1980 25184 made six round trips over the Cambrian line during June, July & August and two trips over the NE/SW route between Birmingham and Leeds. The first of the NE/SW trips occurred on July 28th 1980 when 25194 & 25181 worked the 14.35 Paignton - Leeds forward from Birmingham New Street. The second event occurred a month later on August 31st 1980 when 25184 worked the 16.15 Birmingham New Street - Leeds throughout. Happy memories for any enthusiasts in the front coach on these trips, with the quickening departure from New Street through the tunnel to reach Landore Street, the lengthy Clay Cross tunnel, and then the departure from Chesterfield with the climb up Bradway Bank before the continued climb into Bradway tunnel.

On June 14th 25184 & 25259 worked the 04.10 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and the return 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton.

On July 5th 25184 & 25242 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton. The next day (6th) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth, returning with the 18.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. On July 19th 25184 & 25262 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton. And finally for July, on the 28th 25184 & 25181 worked the 14.35 Paignton - Leeds forward from Birmingham New Street.

During August 25184 returned to the Cambrian lines, on August 2nd 25184 & 25276 worked the 07.40 Euston - Aberystwyth from Wolverhampton, returning with the 17.55 Aberystwyth - Wolverhampton. The next day (3rd) the same pair worked the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth, returning with the 18.10 Aberystwyth - Euston to Wolverhampton. Finally on August 31st the 16.15 Birmingham New Street - Leeds was worked by 25184.

1981
The only significant passenger working during 1981 took place on June 13th working the 10.35 Stranraer Harbour - Kilmarnock and the 13.43 return.


Photograph courtesy Steve Morris.
25184 passes Saltley with a container train on July 10th 1981.

On September 20th the 21.35 Kensington Olympia - Perth motorail was worked to Willesden by 25184 & 25190.

1982
25184 & 25185 were stabled at Birkenhead Mollington Street on Januaury 30th.

During April & May 25184 was stored unserviceable whilst at Derby Works, it was reinstated during May to Longsight.

On July 24th 25184 & 25235 worked the round trip Derby - Yarmouth as far as Norwich and then possibly worked another service forward to/from Yarmouth.

25184 was stabled at Coventry station on August 8th.

The following month on August 21st 25184 & 25083 worked the 07.38 Shrewsbury - Aberystwyth and 10.07 Aberystwyth - Euston as far as Wolverhampton.

The final passenger working for 1982 took place on September 19th with 25184 working the 09.50 Manchester Victoria - Llandudno Town.

1983
The final recorded passenger workings were the 22.47 Crewe - Blackpool forward from Preston on March 8th & 9th 1983.

25184 passed through Leicester light engine on April 13th.

25184 was stabled at Preston on June 3rd.

25184 was withdrawn on August 28th 1983.

Distinguishing Features
No.2 cabfront: number carried on cabfront in black: July 1981 - August 1982. (No.1 cab front: no number January 1982, June 1983)
No.2 cabfront: driver's side corner valencing: paint missing: August 1982.

Passenger workings courtesy Alan Baylis (www.class25.info)
Not all known passenger workings are recorded on this page.

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Last updated August 16th 2017.

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